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hid lights

Postby oilboy1162 » Sat Mar 02, 2013 12:42 am



i'm sure someone has put this one up, but what is the best way to convert my oem headlights to hid? is there a color preference and what bulb to use? all input accepted. getting ready for blue ridge prkway ride in june.


:lol: I know people say we spend too much money on our rides, but I can't hear them when I'm 1000 miles away! :roll:

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Re: hid lights

Postby RBGERSON » Sat Mar 02, 2013 8:24 am

buy a kit..6000's are what most like, get slim line type, many buy the car kits so they have a spare..be sure to get the "dual" bulb..actually one bulb that adjusts but some are just low beam and no high beam.

Several on sale on Ebay..from $45 to $125+. Some have said the cheap ones crap out fairly quickly???

The issue with HID is that every time you turn them on they loose a little brightness..so when you start the bike and the headlight circuit is shut down to run the starter and then comes back on when you release the starter button it counts as two on offs...some have put a separate headlight switch in the line so the headlight is only turned on once when you done starting the bike. Fairly simple cut into the low beam wire..splice in wire,run wire to the handlebar and attach a switch.

some sites to look at..for H4's with low/high beams..jsut bookmarks I saved not recommendations on any of these dealers.

http://www.hidgeeks.com/H4-XENON-HID-KI ... -KIT-c679/

http://www.hidnation.com/h4bihidki.html


http://www.motorcyclehidxenonlights.com ... on-Lights/

http://www.indysuperbike.com/customer/p ... tid=122465

there are lots more...
http://www.light-pros.com/motorcycle-hid-kit-1/
HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

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Re: hid lights

Postby oilboy1162 » Sun Mar 03, 2013 5:56 pm

thanks for the links. i'm really ignorant when it comes to this type of lighting.ready to order a set of BI-xenons.not sure what wattage i should get, though.55W , 75, or 100?
:lol: I know people say we spend too much money on our rides, but I can't hear them when I'm 1000 miles away! :roll:

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Re: hid lights

Postby cbx4evr » Sun Mar 03, 2013 9:36 pm

"It´s a friggen motorcycle, it´s not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you s**t your pants every now and then. "

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Re: hid lights

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Mar 04, 2013 4:05 pm

Have a look at this review, which talks about this topic in great detail: viewtopic.php?f=18&t=12118

Cyclemax sells their GoldwingHIDS kit with 4300K bulbs rather than 6000K bulbs. I much prefer the 4300K bulbs, as they are much more "natural" light, and don't make everything look blue, like the 6000+K kits do.

While you can find cheaper kits on eBay and elsewhere, I do like the GoldwingHID kits as they use top-quality components, and include a custom harness they designed specifically intended to tie it into the Goldwing connectors, making installation plug-and-play.

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Re: hid lights

Postby oilboy1162 » Tue Mar 12, 2013 2:31 pm

Just got my HID kit in. Can't wait to gettem in. One change though.... you don't need to run a relay harness down to the battery as thet have updated the relay. You only need to plu into existing head light plug for power! Saves time.
:lol: I know people say we spend too much money on our rides, but I can't hear them when I'm 1000 miles away! :roll:

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Re: hid lights

Postby thrasherg » Tue Mar 12, 2013 3:44 pm

WingAdmin wrote:Have a look at this review, which talks about this topic in great detail: viewtopic.php?f=18&t=12118

Cyclemax sells their GoldwingHIDS kit with 4300K bulbs rather than 6000K bulbs. I much prefer the 4300K bulbs, as they are much more "natural" light, and don't make everything look blue, like the 6000+K kits do.

While you can find cheaper kits on eBay and elsewhere, I do like the GoldwingHID kits as they use top-quality components, and include a custom harness they designed specifically intended to tie it into the Goldwing connectors, making installation plug-and-play.


I have not fitted HID's to my GL1800, but i did fit them to my car and like WingAdmin, I much prefer the 4300K bulbs over the 6000K, I run 55W HID's and they are much nicer than the quartz halogen bulbs that where in my car (Ford expedition)..

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Re: hid lights

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Mar 12, 2013 3:48 pm

oilboy1162 wrote:Just got my HID kit in. Can't wait to gettem in. One change though.... you don't need to run a relay harness down to the battery as thet have updated the relay. You only need to plu into existing head light plug for power! Saves time.


As I mentioned in the Product Review thread, I actually helped out a bit on the development of that kit - my 1500 was the guinea pig for the prototype (and that prototype harness is now going into my wife's Pacific Coast). Before, the power was taken directly from the battery, and switched through a relay that was controlled by the original light harness. Now the whole deal is powered directly from the original light harness, and the relay module is used strictly to operate the bulb solenoid. Much smaller, with much fewer wires.

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Re: hid lights

Postby cbx4evr » Tue Mar 12, 2013 5:59 pm

oilboy1162 wrote:Just got my HID kit in. Can't wait to gettem in. One change though.... you don't need to run a relay harness down to the battery as thet have updated the relay. You only need to plu into existing head light plug for power! Saves time.



Did you get it from Cyclemax??
"It´s a friggen motorcycle, it´s not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you s**t your pants every now and then. "

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Re: hid lights

Postby amsoilguy » Wed Mar 13, 2013 9:37 am

My '88 I just purchased last year has the modulating lights. Will this HID upgrade affect that?
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Re: hid lights

Postby thrasherg » Wed Mar 13, 2013 11:28 am

amsoilguy wrote:My '88 I just purchased last year has the modulating lights. Will this HID upgrade affect that?


You CANNOT run HID and Modulators together, HID lights require a full and consistent 12Volts, if you have a modulator, it will mess up the HID lights.

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Re: hid lights

Postby amsoilguy » Wed Mar 13, 2013 1:14 pm

Thanks Gary...I didn't read the other thread all the way to the bottom. Hopefully when I do the conversion I can move my modulated lights to the adjacent lights as WingAdmin mentioned.
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Re: hid lights

Postby thrasherg » Wed Mar 13, 2013 5:29 pm

amsoilguy wrote:Thanks Gary...I didn't read the other thread all the way to the bottom. Hopefully when I do the conversion I can move my modulated lights to the adjacent lights as WingAdmin mentioned.


Do be careful, when I read the law regarding modulators, they always state that it can only work on high beam!! So if you move it to other lights, make sure those lights work with the high beam lights!!

Gary




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